By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect
Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.
With that, join iDirect in a new blog-response series with communications leaders like Verizon and BT, as well as leading analyst firm NSR, as we tap into the conversation. Follow us over the coming weeks as we respond to questions about where we are and where we are headed next in satellite and the end-to-end network.
When will satellite become part of the mainstream network offering? This is an important question that continues to garner a lot of discussion in the industry today.
In many ways, you could say that the time for finally answering such a question has never been more important as the volume of global IP services is projected to hit an accelerated level of growth over the coming years.
Looking at forecasts from Cisco, by 2020 it is expected that roughly 4 billion connected people, 20 billion connected devices and 50 billion machines will be coming onto the network. This influx of connections is set to generate demand for IP services unlike anything currently experienced today—with new revenue opportunity across the board.
But such revenue opportunity can only be realized if communications companies are able to provide an end-to-end communication experience that reaches anywhere over any access technology.
And today, communications providers are rapidly developing strategies to ensure satellite is employed as a key asset. Many have established teams that specialize in satellite communications and can identify when a client will benefit from the application of VSAT as part of a total solution. In support, the satellite communications industry is creating next-generation technology that not only makes it easier and more cost-effective to integrate that technology into the core network, but satisfies rigorous communications service cases.
Satellite communications provides the value of wide coverage, immediacy of service, and support for mobile communications on the pause (COTP) and communications on the move (COTM). All such use cases prove valuable attributes for any global communications company looking to complete the reach of their global service portfolio.
But in order to deliver most effectively, satellite must be seamlessly integrated into the core service portfolio, which begs the question to communications providers: How valuable is the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality?